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Alvaro Morata set to return from injury
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:33:54 PM »

Alvaro Morata is expected to return for Chelsea in their home game against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Spain striker missed last weekend's 2-1 SBOBET defeat at Crystal Palace in the Premier League with a hamstring injury
but manager Antonio Conte should be able to recall him for their midweek clash at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have lost their last
two domestic games but are in much better shape in Champions League Group C after opening wins over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea right wing-back Victor Moses is to join midfielder N'Golo Kante in being absent with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) remains sidelined, so Chelsea may play Davide Zappacosta in place of Moses and could pus
David Luiz or fellow defender Andreas Christensen into midfield. Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman and Italy attacker Stephan
El Shaarawy are both available after missing the defeat to Napoli on Saturday.Their 1-0 loss, which leaves them fifth in Serie A,
 ended a run of five consecutive wins in all competitions.Roma have never won an away game against English opposition in the
Champions League (D2 L6). They've also never kept a clean sheet in those eight games.Chelsea have picked up maximum points
from their opening two games of a Champions League campaign for SBOBET the first time since 2010/11. They have always
finished top of their group after winning their opening two games. Chelsea have reached the knockout stages of the Champions
League 13 times in their previous 14 appearances.Meanwhile, Roma have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League
five times in their last six appearances but have never progressed further than the quarter-finals.Roma have failed to keep a clean
sheet intheir last 22 away games in the Champions League. The last shut-out was in March 2007 against Lyon (2-0). I think this is a really
tough one for Chelsea. Roma are two points behind them in the group so it is also a dangerous situation in terms of winning the group,
while Edin Dzeko is always a handful.I covered Chelsea on Soccer Saturday and I wasn't impressed with them defensively. David Luiz was poor,
Gary Cahill was all over the place and they just couldn't get hold of Wilfried Zaha. Eden Hazard barely had a touch. I just look at him and he
doesn't look in shape to produce those slalom runs. He was top-notch last season but I was watching him closely and that burst of pace wasn't there.
I understand it takes some players longer than others after injuries and when that sharpness comes back he'll be flying again, but for this game
Antonio Conte has issues.Moses went off at the weekend, Kante is out, Drinkwater is out, Willian was really poor on Saturday and I don't know if
Morata will make it, so SBOBET I'm going for a draw.